Good evening and here we are at Legends Field. It’ll be the Reds vs. the Yankees.
Great pitching matchup as Homer Bailey faces Joba Chamberlain.
Joba (2 2 2 2 1 1 ) and IPK (2 2 1 1 0 0) both had rough outings the last time out and need to show more fastball command tonight.
Joba is much more purposeful in this game. 23 pitches/13 strikes the first inning.
But he then threw 21 more in the second inning. 44 over two innings is too many. He needs to attack the strike zone and trust his stuff. That said, he threw a 3-2 curveball to Encarnacion was unholy and struck him out to end a 14-pitch at-bat.
Still no score.
* * * YANKEES TO SIGN BILLY CRYSTAL * * *
The Yankees just handed out a press release saying that they will sign Billy Crystal to a contract on Wednesday and that he will play in Thursday’s game against the Pirates. He will wear No. 60. MLB has approved the silliness.
No, I’m not making this up.
Joba allowed a single and got an out before leaving the game in the third. He threw 49 pitches, 32 strikes. Billy Traber is in now.
Line on Joba: 2.1 2 0 0 0 1
Press release on Billy Crystal:
YANKEES TO SIGN BILLY CRYSTAL, STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN,
AND INVITE HIM TO MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING
The New York Yankees today announced that they will sign Billy Crystal, star of movies, television and Broadway to a one-day contract and invited him to Major League spring training.
Crystal will join the Yankees on Wednesday, March 12 to work out with the club at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., and then play in the Yankeesâ€™ game on Thursday, March 13 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at Legends Field. Commissioner Selig approved the Yankeesâ€™ extension of the contract to Crystal.
Crystal, who will turn 60 years old on March 14, will don uniform No. 60 with the Yankees. He has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment industry, finding success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer. The Hollywood icon has starred in movies such as Running Scared, Throw Momma from the Train, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Mr. Saturday Night, Forget Paris, Hamlet, Deconstructing Harry, Analyze This, Monsterâ€™s Inc. and Americaâ€™s Sweethearts.
â€œIâ€™ve been waiting 50 years for this call,â€ Crystal exclaimed. â€œIâ€™m overwhelmed by the generosity of the Yankees and Commissioner Selig. I know thisâ€™ll be tougher than the Broadway Softball League, but Iâ€™m looking forward to helping the younger playersâ€¦which, by the way, is all of them. Oops, I have to go, Scott Boras is on the phone.â€
A captain of his Long Beach (N.Y.) High School baseball team, Crystal batted .348 in his senior season. He is regarded as one of the best baseball players in Hollywood today.
â€œThe Yankees are excited to welcome the newest member of our team known for his humor and wit as well as his undying love for the Yankees,â€ said Lonn Trost, Yankees Chief Operating Officer. â€œThe Yankees are very grateful to the Commissionerâ€™s office for allowing us to extend this special invitation to Mr. Crystal.â€
In 2001, Crystal directed and produced the film *61 which chronicled the historic seasons of Yankees greats Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle as they sought to break Babe Ruthâ€™s single-season home run record. The film garnered 12 Emmy nominations including nods for â€œBest Directorâ€ and â€œBest Made for Television Movieâ€ and also earned Crystal a prestigious Directorâ€™s Guild nomination.
Crystal made his Broadway debut in 2004 with 700 Sundays, an autobiographical one-man play that became the highest grossing non-musical in the history of Broadway and garnered Crystal the Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the prestigious Drama Desk Award. A dedicated human rights advocate, Crystal co-hosted, with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg, all eight â€œComic Reliefâ€ telethons on HBO which brought the plight of the nationâ€™s homeless to the public and raised over $40 million for housing and medical care for the needy.
A native of New York, Crystal has been married for 37 years to Janice, with whom he has two daughters, Jennifer and Lindsay, and granddaughterâ€™s Ella and Dylan. He proclaims himself to be a lifetime fan of the New York Yankees, idolizing Mickey Mantle during his youth.
The Yankees went up 2-0 as A-Rod had an RBI double and Hideki Matsui an RBI single. Mariano is coming in to pitch the fourth inning.
Three up and three down for Mo. 13 pitches/8 strikes. Six up, six down in spring training.
Ian Kennedy will be coming in the next inning and will go 50 pitches or so. Not sure how much live blogging I’ll have left as I’ll have to get down to the clubhouse to get Chamberlain and Rivera soon. I’m on deadline for the first time in a long time. I was getting used to day games.
Ian Kennedy walked the No. 9 hitter but had an otherwise uneventful inning.